By Radwa Ashour, Ferial J. Ghazoul
This ebook is a useful new reference resource and demanding evaluate of Arab girls writers from the 19th century to the tip of the twentieth.Arab women's writing within the sleek age begun with A'isha al-Taymuriya, Warda al-Yaziji, Zaynab Fawwaz, and different nineteenth-century pioneers in Egypt and the Levant. This designated learn - first released in Arabic in 2004 - seems to be on the paintings of these pioneers after which strains the improvement of Arab women's literature during the finish of the 20th century, and in addition contains a meticulously researched, finished bibliography of writing by way of Arab girls. within the first part, in 9 essays that hide the Arab heart East from Morocco to Iraq and Syria to Yemen, critics and writers from the Arab international learn the foundation and evolution of women's writing in every one state within the quarter, addressing fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiographical writing.The moment a part of the quantity includes bibliographical entries for over 1,200 Arab girls writers from the final 3rd of the 19th century via 1999. each one access includes a brief biography and a bibliography of every author's released works. This part additionally contains Arab women's writing in French and English, in addition to a bibliography of works translated into English.With its vast scope and broad learn, this ebook is an integral source for an individual drawn to Arabic literature, women's stories, or comparative literature.
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32 YUMNA AL-‘ID Ahl al-hawa is a novel about the intertwined relationship of masculinity and femininity, the murder of the Other and the need for it, and a selfabsorption that recognizes only the similar and simultaneously rejects and loves the Other. Using the intricate relationship of femininity and masculinity, Hoda Barakat takes the novel to a high aesthetic plane, blazing an important trail for the Lebanese novel, one that ﬁrmly grounds women’s novels in the larger literary context while creating a distinctive Arabic novelistic discourse.
The novel’s language reaches an aesthetic level that deepens the meaning of loneliness, which becomes not merely the loneliness of a particular woman, but the loneliness of a human being in a country that is just emerging from the heat of war. It seems that the ﬁghting has created a type of interior estrangement in which questions about the future are even more difﬁcult to face than war itself. Several general conclusions can be drawn from the foregoing survey. Firstly, in the pioneering period, writing women made valuable contributions LEBANON 35 to the evolving Arabic novel.
After the journey is over and he returns to the home he left after his mother’s death, death is revealed as a painful existential fact that is ﬁnally recognized by Hamad, who had denied and rejected it. Yet LEBANON 33 this recognition of death would not have been possible if Hamad’s consciousness had not evolved and freed itself from his crisis of identity, which sprang from his childish connection to his mother’s womb. As a representative of the young generation of novelists whose consciousness was formed in the midst of civil war, it is difﬁcult for Najwa Barakat not to bring death into her novels, even if they do not directly address the war.